LONG ISLAND, NY (TIP): The India Association of Long Island’s 21st Annual Diwali Food Drive for the Interfaith Nutrition Network was held on November 12 at the Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen.

Attending the reception were past presidents of IALI. President of IALI Mrs. Beena Kothari & Executive Committee and many IALI members were present. Town of Hempstead Senior Council woman Dorothy Goosby & Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmed graced the occasion with their presence.

Aruna Saxena, Food Drive Chairwoman said,”This year we are donating 45 boxes of canned food and 21 thousand dollars. Also, Mr. Peter Bheddah a major supporter of the IALI Food Drive and Founder was able to get 2 truckloads of food to the INN through Diku Modi of Maya Foods.

Dr. Kishore Kuncham was honored for his services as Past Chairman of the Food Drive.

Aruna Saxena thanked the community and volunteers.

Diwali Food Drive donors included many generous community members, Hicksville merchants, religious temple goers.

IALI sponsored a meal around Diwali on October 5. A vegetarian meal was served by 10 ladies from IALI at Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen for approximately 250 men women & children.

Physicians from the community also donated more than $4000 worth of medicines and supplies, for the non- profit organization, Rotacare,which provides medical care to people in need.

Aruna Saxena, Food Drive Chair said, “IALI youth also  collected $500, which are provided for children in Foster Care in Nassau County. The money goes to Social Services of Nassau County.

More than 60 people were present at the Giving   Ceremony at the Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen.